A regional power market efficiently deploys the lowest-cost energy from across the region to meet the needs of an expanded geographic footprint, thereby lowering costs. And, through lower energy prices, a regional market can spur economic growth. Lower electricity prices translate into greater household income, and more income to spend can stimulate local economies. A regional power market would also mean that our utilities could more cost-effectively and reliably integrate larger amounts of renewable energy onto our electric grid in the West.
Well-designing electric rates are good for customers and the planet
The Chevron court case brought by Western Resource Advocates for the first time confirmed the huge quantities of water oil shale development will require. This is important information for states and federal agencies to consider before approving new development.
Water needs and energy needs are tightly linked. Generating energy – particularly at fossil-fueled power plants – requires a lot of water and pumping, treating, and using water requires a lot of energy. This synergy creates many opportunities for energy and water planners to reduce both energy and water demands.
Western Resource Advocates seeks a modern, flexible electricity grid that efficiently integrates innovative clean energy technologies, such as distributed solar generation, electric vehicles, and battery storage – all of which can reduce carbon pollution that causes climate change.
The Great Salt Lake in Utah is a national treasure. Western Resource Advocates preserves this irreplaceable Lake by keeping the lakebed and wetlands free of development, stopping water pollution, and preventing efforts to drain the lake dry.
Western Resource Advocates is working to shape a strong Utah State Implementation Plan to reduce air pollution in Utah and ensure that the air that Utahns breathe complies with the federal Clean Air Act. We are using public processes to convince the State to reduce pollution from all significant pollution sources and in ways that clean the air as quickly as possible.
The Lake Powell Pipeline would bring Colorado River water from Lake Powell to Washington County, Utah, but the river is already over-allocated. Western Resources Advocates’ proposes more sustainable and less costly solutions such as conservation, reuse, and agricultural water transfers.